Light the skies
The following are fireworks displays in the region in celebration of Independence Day:
The Galleria, Galleria Drive, Richland Township, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Point Stadium, downtown Johnstown, Thursday, following an 8 p.m. concert by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
Idlewild Park, Ligonier, 10 p.m. Thursday.
Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, nightly, Sunday through July 5.
Peoples Natural Gas Field, Altoona, Thursday, following the 7 p.m. Curve game.
Lakemont Park and the Island Waterpark, off Interstate 99, Altoona, 10 p.m. Thursday.
Indiana County Fairgrounds, Mack Park, Indiana, dusk Thursday.
DelGrosso Amusement Park, 4352 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Tipton, Thursday.
Central Pennsylvania 4th Fest, Bryce Jordan Center, State College, 9:15 p.m. Thursday.
Independence Day Extravaganza featuring Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday at Point Stadium, downtown Johnstown.
Danny Conner of Rockwood will perform “God Bless the USA” and the national anthem as well as leading patriotic sing-alongs with the audience.
The symphony’s Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble also will perform.
JSO’s performance of “The 1812 Overture” will be the cue for the fireworks to begin, and the orchestra will continue playing as the fireworks light the sky.
In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
There is no admission charge.
A Flood City Music Festival preparty will be held at 7 tonight at Heritage Discovery Center courtyard, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A concert will feature local musicians and past festival artists Jeff Perigo and South Side Strays.
There will be opportunities to purchase discounted music festival tickets.
The bar and Galliker’s Café will be open for purchases.
There is no cover charge.
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Johnstown will be held from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at Greater Johnstown High School athletic field, 222 Central Ave., Johnstown.
The 24-hour event celebrates cancer survivors and raises awareness about the progress against cancer while raising funds to fight the disease.
The event’s goal is to raise $59,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Team members will take turns walking or running on the track, and there will be food, music and entertainment.
Information: 695-9232 or www.relayforlife.org.
The annual Midsummer Madness 3 vs. 3 Soccer Tournament to benefit Young Life Johnstown will be held Saturday at KidSport, 241 Glessner Road, Johnstown.
Games featuring youth soccer teams will begin around 8 a.m. and end around 4 p.m.
Seating is limited, so folding chairs are recommended.
There is no charge for admission, and a concession stand will be available throughout the day.
A Johnstown Community Day Event will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the newly renovated West End Playground, Brush Avenue and Duwell Street in the West End section of Johnstown.
There will be food vendors, arts and crafts, music, face painting, cooking demonstrations, garden art and demonstrations by Miller Karate, HT High Flyers and West African dance by Kulani dancers.
Under the sea
“Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Way, Richland Township.
The production features students ages 11 to 18 and is the result of a theater camp conducted by the arts center and The Learning Lamp.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
Information: 269-0300 or www.richlandpac.com.
At the hop
The Oldies Record Hop, sponsored by Windber Area Visioning Experience, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Windber Recreation Park Ballroom.
Music will be provided on vintage jukeboxes, and food will be available.
A car and motorcycle cruise-in will begin at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $5.
Cruise for cause
The third annual Mini-Miracles Cruise In will be held at noon Sunday at Jerome Volunteer Fire Department grounds, 1885 Penn Ave., Jerome.
This year’s cruise-in will benefit the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association and the family of Jason and Merissa Beam of Central City.
Music will be provided by Your Dad’s Friends.
Admission is $5 a person, which includes food.
Camp PARC will hold its annual live and silent auctions Saturday at the grove of Benscreek Lutheran Church near Thomas Mills.
The auction will begin with breakfast and a yard sale at 8, followed by the auction at 9.
Lunch will be available at 10:30 and will feature homemade food.
Proceeds will benefit the summer camp for mentally challenged youths and adults.
Admission is free.
Information: 479-4739 or www.campparc.org.
“Dig Into Reading,” the annual summer reading program, will be held Monday through July 27 at Windber Public Library, 1909 Graham Ave., Windber.
The program is open to children from preschool to grade 6 as of May, and the goal is to read as many books as possible during the free four-week program.
Children will need cards from the library and must read books from the library’s collection.
Only those books returned in person will be counted toward the goal.
Special programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. the first three Fridays of “Dig Into Reading.”
There will be stories, educational talks and crafts along with prize drawings for those in attendance who earn tokens for each book they read during the summer reading program.
Programs will feature digging on July 5, dinosaurs on July 12 and coal on July 19.
Registration is required, and forms may be picked up at the library.
The first Firecracker 5K Run/Walk to benefit the 2013 Portage Area Summerfest fireworks display will be held Saturday at Crichton-McCormick Park, Portage.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Summerfest pavilion, and the race will begin at 9 near the Stuart A. Leman Memorial Pool entrance, travel through the streets of Portage and end near the pool entrance.
The cost to participate is $15 a person, $25 per couple and $50 for a family of four before race day and $20 for each participant on race day.
Summerfest will take place Aug. 9-11.
Information: www.PortageAreaSummerfest.com, www.PortagePA.com or email PortageSummerfest@yahoo.com.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented at 8 tonight through Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The comedic musical is being performed by Triple Threat Theatrics, a new local theater company.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
“Pump Boys and Dinettes” will be presented at 2 and 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.
Tickets are $14 to $39, depending on day, time, seat location and discounts.
Information: 629-9201, option 1, or www.MountainPlayhouse.org.
The 2013 Concerts in the Park series begins with Johnstown Classic Rockers from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, downtown Johnstown.
The group plays classic rock, blues, rhythm and blues, rockabilly and theatrical rock.
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